Cultural Motherhood: Evidence of Olmec Cultural Hegemony

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Cultural Motherhood: Evidence of Olmec Cultural Hegemony
Two divergent schools of thought exist in relation to the great variety of elements that have been, sometimes boldly, sometimes cautiously, labeled 'Olmec' over the last century: either the evidence is there that a significant, central Olmec culture was the early foundation of Mesoamerican civilization or what has been argued to be indicative of an extensive and even hegemonic civilization is being misinterpreted to signify a greater cultural influence than what existed. If the former, then Olmec culture could be considered the 'mother culture' relative to the growth of civilization in Central America; if the latter, it would instead simply be a 'sister culture' and would be...
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